Happy belated birthday to Spam!


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WASHINGTON (AFP) - This week, the world will mark an anniversary that has changed the face – and other anatomical regions – of email inboxes everywhere: the first known spam email was sent 30 years ago on Saturday.

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But the message sent on May 3, 1978 by a marketer for the now defunct DEC computer company to around 400 people on the west coast of the United States wasn’t called spam, and the sender dispatched it without ill intent.

How things have changed.

Spam got its name from a skit by the television show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” in which a group of Vikings in a restaurant that serves all of its food with Spam tinned meat sing a song repeating the word ad nauseum, says Brad Templeton, who has thoroughly researched the subject.

“Thus, the meaning of the term at least: something that keeps repeating and repeating to great annoyance,” Templeton, who was dabbling in the Internet in the 1970s – when it was still the US government-run Arpanet – says on his website.

These days spamming is a sophisticated operation that affects millions and jams ill-prepared email inboxes.

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Read more: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080502/tts-technology-internet-spam-history-30y-c1b2fc3.html

Spam’s getting old!


#2

Hopefully it'll die of old age and all the spammers with it!


#3

Unfortunately it will only get healthier and nastier as it gets older.

Two thumbs down as a gift to all the losers who spam our inboxes.